African Clouded Yellow Butterfly

One of the rare opportunities I have had to snap one of these stunning butterflies. They are from the family Pieridae and subfamily Coliadinae. The genus is Colias, which contains the Clouded Yellows.  These two butterflies are African Clouded Yellows or Lucerne ButterfliesColias electo electo.
The distributions of Colias electo electo¬† are throughout South Africa in all biomes. African Clouded Yellows’ habitats included; fields, parks, gardens, coastal areas, forest edges, mountains and wetlands. Their flight is throughout the year, but will peak between April and August. The lava will eat Lucerne (Medicago Saltiva).

These two photos were taken in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.


African Clouded Yellow Butterfly

Another Clouded Yellow, shot on a different day, but looks a little on the damaged side.

African Clouded Yellow Butterfly


  1. Kerri

    Oh, It IS A Beauty!!! Love it!

    1. Sean Allen (Post author)

      Thank you so much Kerri. Much appreciated. I do envy a lot of your pics though.

  2. Firefly

    With my camera beung a bit slower I struggle to get them to sit still long enough to get a pic. Beautiful photos.

    1. Sean Allen (Post author)

      Many thanks, Jonker. I was lucky with this.

  3. risovic

    Beautiful -;))

  4. Dan Huber

    Wonderful macro shots

    1. Sean Allen (Post author)

      Many thanks Dan.

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